Originally Posted by Burn
There are many here who hammock all year... there are numberous threads of 3-4 season set ups and experiences, generally into the 20s, but some below.
Like MM, I too use the HH Extreme light racer with good results ( 5-11 and 180 lbs)... I have at least 40 nights in it and no sign of wear.
Again, Three season wgt , Hammock, tarp, lines , pegs, and sleep system , under quilt , and top quilt is under 65 oz or 4 lbs... four season add another quilt 24 oz for a total loft system of 7+ inches at 85 oz or 5.25 lbs... substituting a HH BUL would still keep the Shelter and sleep system to approx 6 lbs total for a winter hammock rig.
Your post is deceptive... You say you wintered 17 degrees in a clark...nothing else... I doubt it... bet there was a pad, sleeping bag, probably long underwear, socks and possibly a skull cap.
The pockets of a Clark will enable you to store gear and create a second bottom with dead air, but that alone will not normally get a person to 17 degrees...
To one level or another, all commercially available hammocks, at this time require some form of bottom insulation at 60 degrees and below for most people... the amount varies by actual temp and personal choice of system...windshield reflectors, HH SS, pads, Dams, pads/dams organized in SPE, Pea Pods, or under quilts.